An important step in planning One’s wedding is getting the right ring. The majority of rings available are mass produced or look that way: “fine jewelry” is considered “classic” in the jewelry industry. A very simple design: a basic shank with a stone on top. If you look, you will find a few variations on the theme, perhaps a little scroll work is added to the head (that which holds the stone in place); but when looking for something unique, it really is difficult to find a ring that is a one-of-a-kind piece unless you have someone make it for you “custom”. Even then when presented with options, a jeweler is procuring a shank, head and stone from a catalog and assembling it for you.
I was asked to create a custom ring for a Bride, however she wanted something both unique and simple in design. Quite a challenge because of the vast number of designs out there. After much discussion, renderings were created and rejected, until finally the lady decided on a concept: a very simple wave cresting over the finger: minimalist, no fancy head, no prongs. She wanted it to look like the surf had caught a stone in it crest.
The design was approved and I then carved the piece making the setting a combination of channel and bezel. The white gold architecture is minimal allowing the amethyst to be seen easily in full view in parts, buried in the gold in others as a wave would crash around the stone.
The Custom Wave Wedding Ring was created for the Bride without a mold taken; a one-of-a-kind piece for a one-of-a-kind Lady. I heard from her husband who says she is willing to present her finger at a moment’s notice, often showing him, saying “have you seen my ring?”
If you would like a custom, one-of-a-kind wedding ring, please visit my how to order custom page.
From the beginning, Amulets by Merlin has provided a service: special pieces designed either by or for those in need of special jewelry and sculpture. Upon occasion I have the honor to develop these images into amulets and talismans inspired by visions.
George Clark (the leader of the Spiritual Architect Movement) approached me with an image which came to him in a dream: The Spark.
As he put it:
“This main symbol on the face of the ring is called “The Spark” and as a whole represents the Spark of life, thought, idea and creation. The outside points represents the 4 directions (North, East, South, West) and also the explosion of thought and intent. The outer most circle surrounding the stone represents our connectedness to each other and all things around us. The intersecting lines represent our different paths that we all travel toward… The inner most circle which represents enlightenment.”
This one of a kind ring was specially made to be both chunky and light. He lives in a climate which can be pretty hot and humid, so his request was to design the ring with “air flow”, so I modified the ring to have a stout shank (the band around the finger) and an air channel in the inside of the ring. On the flanks of the shank I have opened passages around The Spark symbols to provide air flow to the shank and to the head (top portion of the ring). The head of the ring is domed on the inside, raising the mass of the ring from the finger.
Because of the design’s requirements to have The Spark symbol over the stone, I have devised the stone to be set from the interior of the ring. An Almandine Garnet was selected, however I wanted to provide him the option to change out the stone. In order to do this I created a watch-back setting behind the stone to lock it into place. With the aide of a jeweler, he can change out the stone for a different one with no damage to the ring itself. The Spark “cage” is sculpted over the stone and provides a shield of protection of the garnet.
If you have a design for a special piece, feel free to view my How to order Custom page in my website.
Handfasting was practiced in Northern Europe
as a primary stage to marriage
still practiced into modern times.
“Handfasting” is derived from the verb
used for making a contract of marriage.
The couple is promised for “a year and a day”
as they hand-festa
(Norse:” to strike a bargain by joining hands”).
The rite varies between practitioners
but usually incorporates the participants
to bind their hands together with ribbon or chord;
a physical extension of promises made and kept.
Using a design of two strands creating a combined knot
stronger than the sum of it’s parts.
The bracelets are to be put on during the ceremony
and worn for the “year and a day”;
then cherished as a keepsake when the marriage is preformed.
Many have chosen the bracelets for handfasting
and the rings for the marriage.
The Handfasting Rings
hold the same knot work design
for those people that find the bracelet too cumbersome.
Lovers Knot Ring
I have made another version of the Lovers Knot,
giving it a more “Celtic” feel:
weaving the knot work in to a more intricate design.
Celtic Lovers Knot Ring
If you are looking for a custom piece to be created for you,
I can design a knot work for your Wedding
or Handfasting that would be a “two of a kind” set.
Other Rings may be seen at the
created and developed
by Kirk McLaren
of Amulets by Merlin
The Ouroboros has been important
in religious and mythological imagery,
used in alchemical illustrations,
where it symbolizes the circular nature of their work.
The Ouroboros (also spelled Uroboros and Oroboris),
is an ancient symbol illustrated by a serpent swallowing its own tail,
forming a circle.
From 1600 B.C. in Egypt to the movie: “the Never Ending Story”
the Ouroboros has been found in cultures through out many ages.
The Ouroboros Ring
The Ouroboros often represents self-reflexivity or cyclicality,
something constantly re-creating itself,
the eternal return,
and other things perceived as cycles
begin anew as soon as they end.
It can also signify
the concept of primordial unity
persisting from the beginning
with such force and quality
it cannot be destroyed.
The Ouroboros Ring for your finger.
This version has a small diamond shape cut into the forehead
symbolizing the “third eye”
adding the concept of perception through illusion;
lightly textured and smooth for comfort and wear ability.
Each ring is made as it is ordered,
providing the recipient to request unusual sizes.
The Ouroboros Ring and Other Rings may be seen at the
created and developed
by Kirk McLaren
of Amulets by Merlin
A Gentleman’s request for some formal wear;
something he could use at his Masonic Lodge.
Typically the combination of a pentacle with the classic square and compass is hard to find
– if not impossible.
However after some design decisions,
he decided we go ahead with the project.
Each of the pieces were created by hand:
carved in wax and using the lost wax process cast in sterling silver.
The woven pentacle with it’s circle used as the foundation of the design,
the the compass and square laid over the top and crowned with the classic “G” in the center.
The ring was built on a classic shank which smoothly fits the hand.
For the cuff links,
the design was mounted on a “solid state” style of cuff links,
omitting a chance of breakage for years of wear.
The style of the links are of a “pillar” design:
each of the caps conforming to either the base of the link
or the top design of the Masonic Symbol.
Matching Masonic Cuffs and Ring
When I asked him for a quick review, in his worlds:
“I really like the ring and cuff links I had specially designed.
They have met my expectations
thanks for making them.”
The Gentleman wore his Masonic Ring and Cuff set to his Ceremony
the evening he received them.
If you are interested in having something made which is hard to find,
please go to my How to order custom jewelry page.
is an ancient design used by the Druids of Olde.
This symbol has been recognized and harnessed by the Neo-Pagan movement
to symbolize the emanation of the Light,
brought into manifestation in the material world.
In his research Isaac Bonewits wrote about it’s use and lore:
In his words:
“The sign of “the Three Rays”
is used by members of the United Ancient Order of Druids,
the Ancient Order of Druids,
the Order of Bards Ovates & Druids,
and many other followers of Druidry.
It can be seen as symbolizing Sky Father Energy
in balance with the Earth Mother energy of the Druid Sigil,
as well as any of a thousand other sets of three ideas.”
Since the creation of the Winter Awen Amulet,
I have received numerous requests to create a Winter Awen Ring.
The original amulet was similar to Isaac’s piece
in that is is in the shape of the Awen:
a wreath of leaves with three staves descending from the top
however like the Winter version,
the leaves are of Holly, the “dots” are pine cones.
I have also trailed down the sides of the ring with holly,
and a cluster of berries crown the top of the piece.
Winter Awen Ring
In the original design,
the central “ray” of the Awen is exposed,
here in the new Winter version,
the Holly covers the stave and it appears below.
This additional feature reflects
the idea of how the light is obscured
in the Winter
only to re-emerge “un-looked for”; the triumph of the Light.
The Winter Awen Ring is now available through Amulets by Merlin,
to order your Awen Ring,
please visit my Awen Ring page.
This was originally an amulet,
a rather large one.
I have made several versions of the Green Man over the years,
however this is my favorite.
Some time ago
I tried as an experiment
to see how this would look
as a ring with a leaf pattern for the shank.
Sometimes when you look up into the forest’s branches,
one can see images like faces in the leaves.
In the elder days,
that “face” was said to be a vision of the Green Man.
This “Spirit of the Wood”
was revered through out the Celtic lands
as a manifestation of the Woods themselves,
an aspect of the God. Later,
lore has it spoken of the Green Man through out the legends of Arthur.
This is my own interpretation of the Lord of the Trees,
bedecked with acorns and leaves.
Green Man Ring
In this version,
I used malachite as the forehead’s stone.
I also brightened the leaves I used for the setting.
Shown here with Malachite,
also available with lapis lazuli or Carnelian.
Each is made as ordered: so when you get one,
it will be made specially for you.
It is not a small ring:
the face is 1 3/8” from leafy beard to the top.
To get your Green Man Ring,
please go to my Green Man Ring Page